Connected North

About the Project

This project is one of the 2022 WISE Awards finalists. 


Context and Issue 

Connected North provides a dynamic model for virtual, experiential learning in classrooms across Canada, addressing the challenges of providing much-needed teacher and student support and resources to remote locations. Due to the history of intergenerational trauma, lack of resources to communities, and other complex factors, including the devastating impact of Residential Schools, over 40% of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students do not complete high school.


Solution and Impact

Through high-definition video, we provide live, interactive, educational content that is engaging, innovative, and culturally relevant with the goal of increasing feelings of empowerment in school and in life. We ensure that First Nations, Métis, and Inuit voices are highlighted as experts in the program, and that there is active cultural sharing and learning, which helps to support the work of Truth and Reconciliation. Delivered in schools and linked to curriculum, programming includes: connecting participants to museums, galleries, laboratories, and inspiring individuals for virtual tours, talks, and demos.

We also connect students to Indigenous role models, mentors, and student leaders across the country to inspire pathways towards higher education and securing sustainable, fulfilling livelihoods. And lastly, the program uses the collaborative technology for teacher and administrator professional learning and mentorship opportunities, including strengthening local digital skills. Over 91% of participating teachers reported feeling that Connected North sessions help to engage their students, contributing to their attendance in class and motivation for learning.


Future Developments 

As the project grows we continue to move to the long-term sustainable model of local control and ownership. We are doing this by further developing the new app and the self-service model that will support in-community or regional program delivery, while ensuring the right blend and method of support, training and strong content development is provided to secure ongoing adoption of the program.

May 19, 2022 (last update 05-23-2022)